Lewis Hamilton is ditching his traditional yellow helmet this weekend for a Michael Jackson-inspired lid.
The 2008 World Champion used Twitter to debut his new look, stating: “For the Austin race, I wanted to dedicate this helmet to my favourite artist MJ.”
On the top, it features a photo of the late King of Pop with a personalized message that says “we’ll always love you” on one side and “rest in peace MJ” on the other.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 14, 2013
The side of Hamilton’s helmet features an iconic image from Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” video.
Hamilton isn’t the only driver sporting a new look this weekend.
Vettel is rockin’ (pun intended) an epic red, white and blue lid designed by Rolf Carsjens of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hundreds of entries were submitted from around the country as part of a competition ran by Infiniti, but it was Carsjens’ unique design that caught Vettel’s attention. Infiniti has flown Rolf and his wife to the United States Grand Prix where they will spend the weekend enjoying VIP hospitality, including a tour of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage and meeting Vettel.
Grosjean’s helmet is a tribute to the late Steve McQueen, who was a famous American actor turned race car driver.
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) November 15, 2013
Here’s a look at a few other helmets you’ll see this weekend.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 15, 2013
Este el de van der Garde… pic.twitter.com/O9aodi38wU
— Antonio Lobato (@alobatof1) November 15, 2013
Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1, Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel, Sergio Perez, USGP
— Parc Fermé (@PFF1) November 15, 2013